Watch Reporters Slam US For Refusing To Condemn Saudi-US Airstrike On Yemen School Bus In Live Briefing

Just as expected, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert refused to condemn Thursday's coalition airstrike on a school bus in Yemen, which left as many as 50 people dead and 63 injured — the vast majority of which were children

As we reported previously, Saudi-US/UK coalition jets scored a direct hit on the school bus packed with children as it drove through a crowded market place in Dahyan, in the rebel-held north of Yemen.

During the State Department's daily press briefing, Nauert was asked point blank by journalists, starting with the AP's Matt Lee, whether the US condemns the attack.

The whole testy exchange on Yemen is worth watching, especially as Matt Lee lays out the case for direct US complicity in the attack on the bus packed with children from the start of his question: "The Saudis obviously are the ones who conducted this, but they do that with weapons supplied by the U.S., with training supplied by the U.S., and with targeting information, targeting data, supplied by the U.S. How can something like this happen?" he said.

Watch the State Department's response here:

Unbelievably, Nauert tried to obfuscate the issue by simply saying "I can’t confirm all the details because we are not there on the ground."

Not only did Nauert refuse to say the State Department condemned the attack, but wouldn't so much as agree to simply call for an independent investigation into the incident (she called only for a Saudi-led inquiry).

Nauert drew random incredulous expressions of laughter from the press pool by the end of the segment on Yemen when she was caught struggling to acknowledge the long established fact that the US supplies "a tremendous amount of weaponry and the data for targeting to the Saudis" while simultaneously touting that Washington provides "a tremendous amount of humanitarian assistance."

This section of the exchange played out as follows

MS NAUERT: Look, we provide a tremendous amount of humanitarian assistance in Yemen to try to support civilians in Yemen and try to mitigate against the devastation that’s taken place there in that country. I don’t have anything more for you on that.

QUESTION: But you also supply a tremendous amount of weaponry and the data for targeting to the Saudis.

MS NAUERT: Well, then – sorry.

QUESTION: Right? No?

QUESTION: No.

QUESTION: Am I wrong? Is that wrong?

QUESTION: That’s not wrong.

MS NAUERT: Sorry, these ladies over here are laughing. On that I would refer you to the Department of Defense that is involved with that, but as you know, Saudi Arabia is an important strategic partner in the region to the United States.

Meanwhile as Al Masdar News reports, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling for an independent and prompt investigation into the deadly Saudi-led coalition airstrike that hit the bus carrying children, United Nations deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said in a press release.

“The Secretary-General condemns the air strike today by the coalition forces in Saada, which hit a busy market area in Majz District, and impacted a bus carrying children from a summer camp,” Haq said on Thursday. “He calls for an independent and prompt investigation into this incident.”

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), citing local officials, a total of 50 people died in the attack, while another 77 were injured.

Leader of the Yemen’s rebel Supreme Revolutionary Committee Mohammed Houthi on Thursday urged Russia, China and France to hold an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting over the attack of the Saudi-led coalition, local media reported.

According to the Houthi-run Al Masirah TV, the committee’s leader said that the coalition’s attack confirmed that the coalition rejects peace in the region.

Comments

are we there yet Bricker Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:28 Permalink

The american public is tired of fake, or real, or cherry picked middle eastern tragedy pictures for manipulation of the public. It no longer even rates as tragedy porn for network ratings. However, give the state department credit for smarts in selecting a young spokes woman with big firm tits to be interviewed. Tell me you were not distracted.

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Guderian NemesisteM Fri, 08/10/2018 - 02:14 Permalink

I supported Trump from the very start for what he said and I took lots of criticism for that from all quarters. I felt he would be independent and strong enough to actually keep his promises. But more and more he's following neo-con script. Trump does shit!

The DNC committing felonies in the dozens in 2016 -Trump does shit!

                                           "...because you'd be in jail!" -yeah, right!

The deep state activates its press stooges, its insititutions (AG, FBI, CIA) and politicians across the board, including Rep RINOS and neo-cons to spread the legend of Trump-Russia collusion. Instead of having the culprits indicted, stripped of their privileges and taken to court, Trump sanctions Russia! The fucking irony of that seems to not even touch his mind!

CIA and FBI colluding with the DNC against Trump -Trump does shit! Zero, nothing, nada! Oh wait! Trump sanctions Russia!

                                            "Drain the swamp!" -yeah, right!

Russia conquered the IS and Trump is doing shit! US bases all over the east and north of Syria and the Al Tanf base in the south is a safe space for all kinds of terrorists. The US is an illegal invader and occupier in Syria -nothing else! GTFU!

The Skripal incident is the worst of jokes ever played on Russia (and there have been dozens of bad ones) -and Trump sanctions Russia for this scam for the second time!

Another such recent joke is the 'chemical attacks on Syrian opposition. Trump bombs Syria!

It is the fascist Ukraine itself that's not implementing the Minsk accord -but Trump sanctions Russia and supplies Ukraine!

    "Wouldn't it be nice to get along with Russia? That'd be a good thing, not a bad thing!" -yeah, right!

Good for Russia that they are well prepared now: lots of gold, no US toilet papers ('treasuries'), its own software for mobiles and pcs and its substitute for SWIFT. You cannot trust the US -and much less Donald Trump.

Iran was upholding it's comitments to the nuclear deal and Trump is cancelling the deal -on Israel's behalf.

NK is dismanteling it's nuke facilities and Trump is doing shit. The sanctions are still in place in full!

I'm done with this president! Wake me up, whenever he kept any of his foreign policy promises -except escalating against Iran.

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Opinionsareus Guderian Fri, 08/10/2018 - 02:36 Permalink

Dotard has been a con man since his very earliest days in NYC. Anyone who really listened to that pig and STILL voted for him should be ashamed of themselves.

 

Cons (the worst); Evangelical cons (the very worst; and neoliberal hawks have all been feeding at the Plutocratic trough.

 

Until we get the Plutocrats out of our elections, it's going to be wash. rinse. repeat.

 

Wake the fuck up!

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inosent Buckaroo Banzai Fri, 08/10/2018 - 11:40 Permalink

Indeed - The reporter complains "they do that with weapons supplied by the U.S., with training supplied by the U.S., and with targeting information, targeting data, supplied by the U.S. How can something like this happen"

Yeah, OK, but when was the last time he raged about that with the manner in which israhell and the frauds who label as 'jew' have been genociding their neighbors for the last at least 70 years? All with American taxpayer dollars? Never? Let me check ... yeah, never

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are we there yet Opinionsareus Fri, 08/10/2018 - 17:53 Permalink

I am not in harmony with your other statements, but your view that evangelical cons are the most over the top I agree with. Perhaps the worst TV 'send god money through me' evangelical is named Mike Murdock. He has been running his evil TV con for over 6 years, and is so over the top and ruthless at extracting money from believers that I find his evil TV con episodes worth watching for a kind of dark entertainment. Murdock is educational in watching a pure con in action. I view Murdock as behaving like a predatory psychopath. One signature move of Murdock is to have long TV camera closeups with his face strained in paryer as he prays aloud for your prayer to give god his 'seed money' to reap bountiful financial harvests with gods blessing. The more 'seed offering' (money) you give, the more god will bountifuly bless your harvest of financial blessings because god wants you to be wealthy.... that dude is so over the top, he feels like bad porn.
If you can stomach the concentrated polished con of a really bad TV evangelist like Mike Murdock here is a link....Skip about half way into the video to get past the con prep dialog.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EF2-1SHYGo

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beemasters Guderian Fri, 08/10/2018 - 05:48 Permalink

"She wants to wait for the Saudis to conduct their own investigation into the attack."

She accused Iran of arming militia against KSA, but conveniently avoided proposing Iran should investigate their own involvement too. It's hypocrites like this thriving in DC, that we know the world is fucked. All Trump wants is peace? Yeah, right. Tell that to the marines.

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Multi justa minute Fri, 08/10/2018 - 03:11 Permalink

You are right, that's the logikal conclusionishness we arrive with your premises.

The problem is that your hypothesis doesn't match reality. Let's try this instead: If you know that I use cars to run children over, and you sell me a car, do you bear some responsibility?

The response given by the administration is unbelievable horrible. Anything short of "we vigorously condemn the killing of children, we will investigate these events, and people will be held accountable" is unacceptable. Couple of weeks latter the responsible Saudi officials for the attack get discharged, or spend a couple of months in jail and get discharged, whatever. And you keep doing business with Saudis as usual and bombing the shit out of Yemen.

But the "we don't know what's going on there...     Yemenis are attacking Saudis...     the press never got interested in Yemem before...     (laughs) sorry, couple of sisters laughing there...       next question?", is unbelievable.

Israel doesn't care about any pretense of moral superiority. I think it is a mistake, they are burning its most important colony out.

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Element Multi Fri, 08/10/2018 - 03:45 Permalink

This idiotic article is effectively claiming the USA has control of the Saudi military. No it doesn't. The Saudis are not even in an alliance with the USA. Look up the "Foreign Relations of the USA", on wiki. It lists all of the US's active and defunct alliances, and the alliance history, and links to the alliance's details. There is not and has never been a military alliance between USA and Saudi Arabia.

Now do same with the "Foreign Relations of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia". And there is no formal alliance relations with the USA there either.

Washington has as much control over Saudi military actions, as it has over Pakistan's military actions.

And it has just as much responsibility for either, namely, none. No matter how much trolls and fuckwits try to conflate the situation as such.

But this absolutely fucked-in-the-head article by 'Tyler' at zerohedge, insinuates the USA fuelled the jets, supplied the intel, did the targeting and set the sovereign Saudi airforce on a mission to bomb a bus full of children.

And that sort of fake shit is OK with you, right?

Then the article talks utter shit about why the USA has not gotten all hystetical about it, etc. How rediculous! Guess what? I've not seen any leader from any country doing that so far.

Obama is no longer in power in washington, the stupid hysterical knee-jerking, to absurd raw propaganda spinning, has finally been curtailed. Enough of you stupid ignorant cunts trying to use the fake media tail to wag the USA dog. The US admin is done with being constantly 'wagged'.

But it's not done with going after the shit-stains who are constantly trying to 'wag' it.

 

Get used to that.

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Guderian Element Fri, 08/10/2018 - 05:59 Permalink

Your 'logic' is bs all the way. Of course Saudia is an ally of the USA -officially or not is irrelevant to Yemenis.

The US is providing a hideous anti-democratic, anti-humane 'kingdom', that is fulfilling all criteria of:

-Plutocratie

-Oligarchie

-Cleptocratie

-Theocratie

-Tyrannie

Refering to the genocide in Yemen, the US is activ in providing intel, targets, training and logistics.

Your argument of 'no official alliance' is actually irrelevant worldwide! The US has no official status in Syria and has not declared the last few dozens of wars. In fact, the last was against Japan in 1941(!!). The US does to anyone, anywhere what it sees fit and can execute without greater risk. The US was never the police of the world, but its boogeyman.

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Siberian King of Ruperts Land Fri, 08/10/2018 - 03:19 Permalink

And State Department represents the whole nation on the world stage, therefore... 

As tmosley wrote "Stop thinking there are innocents in the Middle East. There aren't" - how much innocents are in US?

Don't get me wrong - I am not defending that dumb bitch and State Dept. My point is that they are representing YOU. And unless you are going to do something to change this situation you should fully share the responsibility for all crimes US does or covers in the world. 

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keep the basta… Bricker Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:35 Permalink

Very interesting that the media picks up on this. The us and uk heavily involved in supporting war on Yemen for years.

This is properly the job of the media. Well done cnn. 

Saudis want the port and could pipeline oil across to it. America is refuelling the Saudi bombers in the air, maybe flying Saudi planes...some rumours of that a while back. Advice etc. starving the Yemeni, dreadful illnesses cholera, and deaths but with all the bombardment if schools hospitals and civilians have not defeated the Yemeni.

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